If you love olive oil, friendly people, and old cobblestoned villages, then this is the place for you. All the guide books claim to skip it, which to me is weird, becaue it was the highlight of the Italy trip.
It's about an hour outside of Rome. You take a train to Poggio Morteto and then take a bus up to Caspeia, a preserved walled in village.
But the best part is you can do the Johnny Madge's olive oil tour. My husband and I did it and we were the only two people on the tour. He came by the B and B La Torreta (awesome b and b!) and waited for us to get ready. He took us to meet the farmers, to see the groves, to taste various types of olive oil. He answered all of our questions and took us to see another producer. We had a fantastic "light" lunch consisting of cabbage and ham rolls, grilled eggplant topped with a type of cheese, (sorry didn't catch the cheese and it didn't taste familiar), pasta with proseccutio, raddichio, and peccorino, and the best tiramisu along with unlimited wine.
We went back to his wine bar to sample more olive oil and to sample some wines. He said during the summer, he takes up to 6 people on the tour and will take them back to the wine bar for more tasting and often they will stay up singing.
You could do this as a day trip from Rome but I would recommend staying the night in Casperia.
If you like olive oil, you don't want to miss this.
Thanks so much for this post! I am looking at doing a yoga retreat in Casperia but don't know much about it, so I just started doing my research. This is exactly the kind of thing I activity I was hoping to find in the area.
Hi Carrie, I posted after yours looking for a daytrip from Rome centered around food/wine/maybe olive oil. Some replied and directed me to this post. I'll have my wife and two daughters (24, 16) ... is there enough for a full day? I was going to hire a driver and maybe a tour guide ... how easy was the train trip? Also tell me more about Johnny, sound like an awesome host. BTW why DON'T the guide books recommend Casperia?